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Vermont: the first state to pass a Death with Dignity law through legislation!
Lawmakers in Vermont supported the rights of terminally ill individuals and passed a Vermont law designed on the Oregon and Washington Death with Dignity Acts—the first one to be enacted through a legislative process and first of its kind on the east coast.
With Governor Peter Shumlin's signature today, Vermont took a historic step forward by becoming the first state to pass a law modeled on the groundbreaking Oregon and Washington Death with Dignity Acts through a legislative process.
Australia21 - a non-profit body, committed to an analysis of complex issues, which bear on Australia’s future - was approached in 2012 with the suggestion that the issues of voluntary euthanasia and assisted suicide would benefit from Australia21’s multidisciplinary approach to the exploration of complex policy issues. As preparation for a roundtable conference
Because it – even in the Netherlands - is still not possible to realize a dignified self-managed (without assistance) death, the Coöperatie Laatste Wil (Cooperative Last Wish) is established for anyone over the age of 18.The initiative is supported by NVVE.
On 15 April 2013 the Montana Senate defeated bill H.B. 505 , a bill that would have criminalised medically assisted dying and would have mandated prison sentences and fines for physicians who provide aid in dying to terminally ill patients. The vote was 27 to 23 in opposition, after which the Senate also voted to indefinitely table the bill, eliminating the need for a final vote later.
Death with Dignity National Centre (Melissa Barber) reports on April 18, 2013:
Great news from Vermont today! After hearing testimony from various end-of-life care experts, advocates, and some opponents over the last two weeks, the Vermont House Human Services Committee decided to focus on bill language with safeguards modeled on the Oregon Death with Dignity legislation. All of us here at the Death with Dignity National Center
Please find here an analysis by Daniel Carré of ADMD France of the Siccard report (in French only) that integrated important reactions to this work. A debate will take place in the year on a PPL (project of Law) filed by Jean Leonetti. This project provides no notable change compared with the Act of April 22, 2005. The will of the patient is not recognised and the decision of measures to be taken during a stop of treatment
Osmonde is a short fiction film that portrays the last interactions of a young teacher and his eighty-four year old illiterate grandmother who, after spending eleven years of solitude in a care home, makes the decision to resort to assisted suicide. In order to make her change her mind, he undertakes to teach her how to read and write.
SAVE-YA, Syndicated Australian Voluntary Euthanasia Youth Advocates, became the 49th member of the WFRtDS. SAVE-YA supports, and have adopted, the SA Voluntary Euthanasia Society’s (SAVES) definition of voluntary euthanasia as being:’ A quick and peaceful death brought about under medical supervision at the request of and in the interests of a patient
JSDD - Japan's Society for Dying with Dignity - just published its April 2013 Newsletter nr 149.
In the scope of the 30th anniversary of RWS a new documentary by Marc Cosyns and Alexander Decommere had its premiere during a celebration in Antwerpen on January 26, 2013. The trailer of End Credits can be seen here. A low quality screener can be viewed here. Both the Dutch version and an English subtitles version of the DVD can be acquired